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This book is a selection of graded Japanese readings written in modern Japanese.

An excellent way to learn Japanese, A Japanese Reader is designed for the foreign student of the the Japanese who is interested in attaining and developing proficiency in reading Japanese, the style of which is in current use in books, magazines, and newspapers in Japan. It also includes authentic excerpts from works by 20th–century Japanese masters Mishima, Akutagawa, Kawabata, and others.

Although, A Japanese Reader supposes some acquaintance with the spoken Japanese language, it does not assume any knowledge of written Japanese and starts from and very beginning, advancing in graded readings up through quite difficult materials. Learning the modern Japanese written language is by no means as difficult task for the student of the Japanese language as it is often made to appear. The most important thing in such a study is to get yourself started in the correct direction—after that the progress you make and the eventual proficiency you will gain in reading (and writing) the language are limited only by the amount of time and effort you are able or willing to devote to the task. Attention has been given throughout the volume to grading materials in the order of progressive difficulty, though in many cases familiarity on the part of a student with the subject matter involved may well make a particular selection somewhat easier for him than others further on in the book. Partly to assist in the understanding of the reading selections and partly because it is felt that few students will wish to become proficient in reading Japanese and still remain uninterested in Japanese culture and cultural history, an attempt has also been made to indicate where possible significant collateral readings available in English, especially for some of the sections which deal with distinctive aspects of Japanese life and culture.

  • Lessons 1 through 17 deal with the essentials of the Japanese writing system, as it is used in Japan today.
  • Lessons 18 through 30 deal with building a working knowledge of Japanese grammar and introducing the Japanese system of writing.
  • Lessons 31 through 38 are selections of intermediate difficulty and largely deal with Japanese life and customs. Included are readings of Japanese literature, archaeology, ceramic art, painting, Buddhism, the theater, and political science and philosophy.
  • Lessons 48 through 59 are of increasing difficulty and include criticisms, resumes, a short text from Meiji and Taisho literature, and excerpts from important Japanese novels.
  • Lessons 60 through 75 are of advanced difficulty and provided further readings with a considerable variety of content including Sinonlogy, Zen Buddhism, Shinto, Christianity, newspapers, economics and finance, and Japanese government policies.

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A set of 75 graded readings provides an introduction to the writing system used in Japan.

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A compilation of anoted short readings which includes authentic excerpts from works by 20th-century Japanese masters Mishima, Akutagawa, Kawabata, and others.

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Richard Vincent, October 30, 2010 (view all comments by Richard Vincent)
Wow! Blast from the past. I was working on an MA in Japanese Lit. 1972-1975, unfinished, at the University of Washington and Roy Miller was using this book in the 4th year class. It is pretty thorough, but quite dry and geared for scholars. The publishing of readers has really improved in the years since. However Japanese is far behind Russian, Italian, German and French in relation to interesting material. I read a lot of Russian mystery material and there is a lot in German and Italian, including redacted versions of famous mystery writers. Japanese publishing needs to do this. I am always looking for readers that are crime or mystery oriented. The excitement of the chase will keep one enthused about plowing through the Kanji.
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ISBN:
9780804816472
Author:
Miller, Roy Andrew
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
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Andrew, Roy
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ller, Roy Andrew
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Mi
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Miller, Roy Andrew
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Rutland, VT :
Subject:
Japanese
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Readers
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Japanese language
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Japanese language -- Readers.
Subject:
General Foreign Language Study
Subject:
Foreign Languages-Japanese
Subject:
Japanese kanji; Japanese kana; kanji and kana; writing japanese; reading japanese
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Japanese kanji; Japanese kana; kanji and kana; writing japanese; reading japanese; japanese book
Subject:
japanese language; Japanese kanji; Japanese kana; kanji and kana; writing japanese; reading japanese; japanese book
Subject:
japanese language; Japanese kanji; Japanese kana; kanji and kana; learn japanese; write japanese; read japanese; japanese book
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1st paperback ed.
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19901231
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250
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9 x 6 in 17 oz

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